Self-Regulatory Profiles and Conduct Problems in Youth Referred to Juvenile Diversion

Timothy F. Piehler, Rebecca Distefano, Kadie Ausherbauer, Michael L. Bloomquist, Brandon Almy, Gerald J. August

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Abstract

The current study utilized a person-centered approach to explore how self-regulatory profiles relate to conduct problems in an ethnically diverse sample of 197 adolescents referred to juvenile diversion programming. Utilizing a multidomain, multimethod battery of self-regulation indicators, three common profiles emerged in a latent profile analysis. The profiles represented an Adaptive group, a Cognitively Inflexible group, and an Emotionally Dysregulated group. Group membership was associated with severity and type of conduct problems as well as callous and unemotional traits. The Adaptive group demonstrated lower severity conduct problems when compared to the other groups. The Emotionally Dysregulated group was more likely to commit violent offenses and demonstrated higher levels of some callous and unemotional traits than youth characterized by cognitive inflexibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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